Thursday, May 15, 2014


One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum is vast and its collections, only a fraction of which can be on public display at any time, comprise millions of objects.

The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography.

 Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens.

The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator

Founded in 1824 to display a collection of just 36 paintings, today the National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works. There are masterpieces from virtually every European school of art.

Tate Modern

 This original  powerhouse of modern art is awe-inspiring even before you enter, thanks to its industrial architecture. Inside, the turbine hall is used to jaw-dropping effect as the home of large-scale, temporary installations.

On this Greenwich Park site you'll find the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House and the Royal Observatory, founded in 1675 by Charles II.

Opened in 1989 (following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse established in the V&A by Terence Conran), the Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia.

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground.

Located in the stately 1815 building that once housed the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the insane (aka Bedlam), IWM London holds an important collection of twentieth-century art, much of it officially commissioned during WWI and WWII, examples of the machinery of war, official communications, manuscripts of war literature and other, more personal artefacts from the conflicts of the twentieth century.

-Elena Gutierrez

Pictures and Content from TIME OUT LONDON MAGAZINE